The new musical “If/Then” at the National Theatre isn’t only a pre-Broadway tryout, that now-rare specimen of a new show alighting in Washington on a circuit that includes Boston, Detroit and New Haven, Conn. Even rarer: It’s a world premiere. Here is a list of other notable firsts at the National, including reports from critics who wrote immediately after the show ended in the old days so the reviews could make the morning papers. Story by Nelson Pressley.
Exterior view of the National Theatre as it appeared in 1862 to 1873. The theater opened on Dec. 7, 1835, at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, with President Andrew Jackson present. Admission was $1 for first tier seats. Courtesy National Theatre